Hi guys! Sorry it’s been a little while again, New Orleans has been soooooo busy!! Since I left you last Abs and I have enjoyed; Lundi Gras, Mardi Gras, a day of tours and a day of exploring.
Lundi Gras was our first official day in New Orleans and we started it by walking into the French Quarter to have a look at the famous Bourbon Street. We chose to start off here so that we could visit the New Orleans Hard Rock Cafe, where I picked up another Hard Rock t-shirt (I might be becoming a fanatic 🙈)!! After the cafe we walked up Bourbon street, taking in the amazing atmosphere! The streets were crowded, there was alcohol everywhere, and the place was covered in beads, it was crazy!! Abby and I had a lot of fun waking around the French quarter, taking in the atmosphere, enjoying our alcoholic slushies, and getting the occasional set of colourful beads (no we didn’t flash anyone, we were just irresistible 😛). We also walked over to the water front and explores the Zulu festival in the park. In the evening we headed down to Canal Street and stood enjoying the Krewe of Proteus and the Krewe of Orpheus parades. This was great fun! There was such an amazing atmosphere, and we were right at the front so we could easily see all of the floats, bands, and dancers! We were also in a good postitikn to catch the beads and bracelets that were thrown into the crowds!! We’re the parades we over we headed to an amazing restaurant called Coops we’re we butch had a sample patter of New Orleans cuisine (gumbo is abosolitely amaizng – you must try!!!) before we went on to explore the French Quarter at night.
Mardi Gras was even more overwhelming. That atmosphere was so incredible, it was like one massive street party around the French Quarter. We managed to get in earlier enough to catch most of the Krewe of Zulu parade which was even better than the night before! They threw out so much stuff and by the end of it me and Abby were draped in beads, it was crazy!! We also managed to catch some other stuff like some cups, a toy sword, a mini football, and some coins. It was such a good laugh watching the parade and trying to catch everything! When the parade had finished we headed into the French Quarter and wandered around the street parades, listening to the music (lots of jazz!! 🎷), dancing in the streets, drinking, and have fun!! It was an incredible day, and an experience I would definitely recommend!!
We started Wednesday off with a trip out to East New Orleans for a swamp tour! 🐊 The journey out there was pretty entertaining thanks to our driver Stacey, who told us some interesting titbits about the effect of Hurracaine Katrina. When we got to the swap we went on a 2 hour long tour where we got to see alligators, turtles, wild boars, snakes, flowers, and swap houses. It was a really fun experience, and it felt very New Orleans-esq!! When we got back from the swap to we were able to walk around the shops, pick up some souvenirs, and snap a pic in front of the NCIS New Orleans arch before we went to the meeting point for our ghost👻/vampire⚰️/voodoo🔮 tour of the French Quarter!! The tour was really interesting. we got to see lots of haunted buildings, hear tales of hauntings and murders, see a house used in An Interview with a Vampire (my fave part!!), see where the witches high priestess resides, see a house used in The Originals (Abby’s fave part!!) which also had a cool vampire story about Count Saint Germaine, and hear stories about Madame LaLaurie and Marie Laveau!! This also felt very New Orleans-esq!
Thursday was our last day in New Orleans and we spent it walking around the French Markets, popping into the voodoo/vampire/witch shops that we had seen on our tour the previous night, relaxing in Jackson Square, and walking around listening to the street jazz! This was a fun and relaxing way to spend our last day before we head out to Florida!!